The leading Flight School in the Nordic region

Become a professional pilot

The Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence Course requires no previous experience and takes 24 months from start to finish – ready to apply for the airlines. All training is conducted in English.

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Become a flight instructor

The Flight Instructor Certificate (FI) prepares you for the role as a flight instructor. During the 8-12 week program, you will gain the skills required to work as a Flight Instructor.

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Airline Partners

Icelandair and Keilir Aviation Academy started a joint pilot cadet program in 2017. The airline operates out of Iceland and uses the country’s geographical location midway between North America and Europe as an opportunity to build an ever-growing network of international routes with Iceland as a hub.

Icelandair operates a fleet consisting of Boeing 737, 757 and 767 aircraft.

The cadet program with Icelandair is currently closed for applications, please keep an eye on the news section for future deadlines.


The airline is a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa. Both world leading airlines. SunExpress operates a fleet consisting of 61 Boeing 737NG aircraft and 7 Airbus A330 aircraft from their bases in Antalya, Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul.

SunExpress partnered with Keilir Aviation Academy to ensure sustainable pilot recruitment and the fast track to SunExpress is open for both current and graduated students.

Thinking about doing your flight training in Iceland?

Study at Keilir Aviation Academy in a unique and challenging environment among glaciers and volcanoes
This could be your future classroom

Flight training as you will never experience it anywhere in the world. The Icelandic scenery will continue to amaze you throughout your flight training at Keilir – Flugskóli Íslands Aviation Academy. But don’t just take our word for it – watch the video above.

State-of-the-art aircraft fleet

Not only do we have one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world but also two flight simulators from manufactures such as ALSIM and DIAMOND, where ALSIM ALX is used for our IR and MCC training and our Diamond DA42 multi-engine simulator, which was delivered in 2018 directly from the factory, brings a whole new aspect into our IR flight training.

  • Fleet size
    State-of-the-art aircraft (including 2 simulators)
  • International students
    43 %
    Students from 3 continents & 16 countries
  • Job statistics
    90 %
    of our students land a job within 12 months
June 13, 2020
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Keilir - Icelandic Aviation Academy graduates 78 professional pilots

Keilir - Icelandic Aviation Academy graduated 78 ATPL students on 12 June 2020. This is the largest single graduating class ever to complete professional pilot program in Iceland. The graduation ceremony took place at Hljomaholl Cultural Center in Reykjanesbær, Iceland. 
January 22, 2020
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Keilir - Icelandic Aviation Academy graduates 25 ATPL students

After the ceremony a total of over 1.200 ATPL students have graduated from the combined schools of Keilir Aviation Academy and Icelandic Flight Academy, with well over three hundred active ATPL students on annual basis. The two largest pilot training providers in Iceland merged in 2019.
November 15, 2019
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1.200 people have graduated as professional pilots in Iceland

The newly merged Icelandic Flight School and Keilir Aviation Academy have jointly graduated close to 1,200 professional pilots during the past two decades. Keeping in mind that the aviation industry predicts that 800,000 pilots are needed over the next twenty years, pilot training in Icelandic is going to play an important part for the future of aviation both in Iceland and abroad.

I started the Advanced Training Program at Keilir Aviation Academy in the autumn of 2013 and finished summer 2014. A few weeks later I had the first airline interview and after half a year I flew the Boeing 737 for the first time and this is now what I do daily. I am very happy about my time at Keilir and Iceland.

Keilir Aviation Academy offered flexible training, good prices, motivated instructors, good resources and modern visions. In Iceland, you get exposed to all kinds of weather conditions and challenging environments that makes it perfect for training. Just the option of flight school I was looking for.

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Ninni Thisner

2013 I started at Keilir Aviation Academy and in the summer of 2015 I got my commercial license. After finishing at Keilir I felt very well prepared and motivated for my first job. Now I fly the ATR 72-600 as first officer and the feeling of working with my greatest hobby is amazing.
The professional staff, challenging environmental conditions along with flying the brand new fleet at a lower price than other flight schools made the choice easy for me. Since my first visit to the school I felt like it matched my ambitions and I don’t regret going to Iceland

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Mads Bech

I started the professional pilot program at Keilir Aviation Academy in the spring 2013 and finished the program in summer 2015. The landscape in Iceland is amazing and it was fantastic to get an opportunity to explore it from above. Offering training in a challenging and beautiful environment with experienced and motivated instructors made the choice easy for me. Keilir Aviation Academy was just the place I was looking for. I’ve made friends for life and I highly recommend Keilir Aviation Academy to anyone looking to pursue a career as a commercial pilot.

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Sebastian Larsson

I was 24 years old when I started at Keilir Aviation Academy in 2012. Moving to a new country and starting a new education took me out of my comfort zone. However, this was also one of the main reasons why I initially decided to go. To have a chance in the aviation industry you must be ready to move and adapt to new cultures.

My time in Iceland helped me achieve that and I think that was a huge advantage when I did my first job interview. I do not regret one second that I chose Keilir Aviation Academy.  I met some fantastic people that are now among my best friends.

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Michael Lauritzen

From the moment I started my flight training, I felt like a part of a family. Everybody at Keilir Aviation Academy make everyone feel welcome, they help you create high ambitious goals and most importantly help you achieve them.

A better surrounding for study is hard to find, and I will be forever grateful for everything they gave me.

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Heimir Snær Heimisson
WOW air

I started my training with Keilir Aviation Academy in the winter of 2013, the Icelandic winter really tested my pilot skills but at the end of my training, I felt confident and fully prepared for my skills tests. My instructors were both airline pilots, flying the B747 and A320 so their training was impeccable when I went on to do my Instrument Rating. Overall, I had an awesome time in Iceland, from start to finish the service from the school, instructors and examiners was outstanding.

I am now flying for a corporate operator on the Citation Mustang based in Europe, to be honest, the cockpit of the Mustang is not that much different to Keilir’s training aircraft!

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Ryan Dack

I was one of the first Scandinavian students doing the flight training in Iceland. Moving to a new country was a big step, but the Icelandic citizens are very friendly and the society is similar to what I was used to in Sweden. After completion of the pilot training, I worked as a flight instructor before I started flying the Boeing 737-800.

Iceland constantly delivers challenges, both weather-related and personal but looking back I enjoyed every second of it.

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Robin Farago

I was one of the first to graduate as a commercial pilot from Keilir Aviation Academy.  My experience with Keilir Aviation Academy was outstanding and I can highly recommend it. The modern fleet, experienced instructors and motivated atmosphere are only a few examples of the many benefits which have helped me in my career.

After graduation, I flew the Boeing 737 for a few years and today I fly the Boeing 757 and 767 for Icelandair.

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Ragnar Magnusson

Getting your medical class 1 certificate

This will ensure that either you are fit to complete the training and pursue the career or identify that you have underlying medical issues that could prevent you from achieving your goals. The initial medical must be obtained from an Aeromedical Centre (AeMC), and once this has been done the yearly revalidations can be performed by a number of aviation medical examiners around Europe.

All you need to know about the pilot screening

Our screening and assessment have been introduced to benefit both our future pilot cadets and the airlines. It ensures the airline is getting a pilot who fits their organization and furthermore that the future student has the motivation and skills required to complete the training and get an airline job afterward.

5 Steps to Become an Airline Pilot

Even though piloting being the dream career for most, they tend to show some uncertainty when perusing their career in piloting. Challenging nature of the course, higher competition for the jobs and higher costs incurred with the training being the key downsides that refrain students from choosing their dream job. It should be admitted that being an airline pilot is never an easy task. Students have to go through myriad of challenges during the training to make him/her a perfect fit for impeccable tasks.

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